How to Sue for Return of Your Security Deposit

November 24, 2020

Fights over security deposits are a common dispute between landlords and tenants. If your landlord is unfairly withholding your deposit, don’t panic. Here’s our step-by-step guide to suing in small claims court for your deposit. Step 1:  You are required to send a demand letter first In California, a landlord has twenty-one days after a […] Read More

How to Get All of Your Security Deposit Back from Your Landlord

November 9, 2020

Tenants should take these pro-active steps to ensure they get the entire amount of their security deposit back from their landlord after they move out. Read More

Realtor Right to Access a Unit Under California Law

November 2, 2020

Can a Realtor enter a unit? Yes. A real estate agent can enter a unit to show it to prospective tenants or prospective purchasers. Cal. Civ. Code § 1954.  What must a Realtor do before they can enter a unit? To show the unit to prospective tenants or purchasers a Notice of Intent to Enter […] Read More

How to Get an Eviction Off Your Record [6-Step Guide]

When a tenant fails to respond to the unlawful detainer or fails to appear for a mandatory court date, a landlord can request default judgment and a writ of possession.  A tenant then has about a month from the filing of the eviction lawsuit before the sheriff arrives to change the locks to the unit. […] Read More

California Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 – AB 3088

September 3, 2020

Effective Sep 1, 2020, the State of California has new eviction protections arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the sample Declaration of Hardship here. Read More

New Federal Eviction Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

Nonpayment evictions have been halted until Dec 31, 2020. This eviction protections apply to any unit in all states for certain tenants. Download the Sample Declaration here. Read More

Covid-19: Eviction Protection in California During the Outbreak

September 1, 2020

Tobener Ravenscroft understands the tumult that the coronavirus has caused to tenants throughout California.  To help tenants through this tough time, we are remaining open while practicing social distancing.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our tenant rights lawyers at 415-504-2165 for help throughout the Bay Area.  Below, you will find a list […] Read More

San Francisco’s New Eviction Ban May Be Risky for Tenants

June 15, 2020

The new legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to ban evictions for nonpayment of rent may be risky for tenants.  Although the Board of Supervisors had good intentions, tenants who rely on this law to not pay rent may end up evicted.  Landlord lawyers are already drafting a lawsuit against the City […] Read More

Mobile Home Parks and Tenant Rights

June 2, 2020

With nearly twenty years in business, the tenant lawyers at Tobener Ravenscroft LLP have helped 1000s of mobile home residents assert their legal rights.  Please contact us to speak with one of our mobile home tenant lawyers.  Mobile home park tenant rights are unique from rights that tenants have when they rent an apartment or […] Read More

Moving Out During COVID-19? How to Use Your Entire Deposit Toward Rent Without Penalty.

May 19, 2020

With COVID-19 court closures, you can now strategically apply your security deposit to the last few months of rent, and the landlord cannot do anything about it.  Historically, landlords could evict with a three-day notice if tenants tried to apply their deposit to rent. This eviction would then go on a tenant’s record. This has all […] Read More